GUN ISSUE COULD DECIDE CRUCIAL U.S. SENATE RACE
October 27, 2012
In the most recent debate, President Obama tripped all over himself trying to play both sides of the gun issue. But he showed his true colors when he said he wanted to start a conversation about banning “assault weapons” again.
The so-called assault weapons ban did nothing to reduce crime in America, and even the anti-gun members of the Senate and House don’t want to vote on this issue again.
But the one thing Obama did was remind the tens of millions of pro-gun Americans that we need to make sure the anti-gun members running for re-election to the Senate and House don’t win.
One of the closest races in the country, and one in which the gun issue could play a decisive role, is the Montana Senate race pitting pro-gun Congressman Denny Rehberg against anti-gun Senator Jon Tester.
Poll after poll shows that Montanans -- be they Independents, Republicans, Democrats, men or women, union members and non-union workers -- are absolutely rock solid in the belief that the Second Amendment is cast in stone and that gun ownership is an individual right.
And that’s where it gets tough for Tester. He voted to confirm Obama’s radical anti-gun justices Sonya Sotomayor and Elana Kagan to the Supreme Court. Before he voted to place them in the highest Court in the land, Tester knew that neither of these nominees believed in the individual right to keep and bear arms.
Of course, the Supreme Court recently decided in favor of the Second Amendment by a slim 5-4 majority. If Obama and Tester are re-elected, that balance could tip the other way.
Tester also voted for openly anti-gun Eric Holder as Attorney General, even after GOA detailed Holder’s long career as a gun control activist in the Clinton administration. Tester’s vote for Holder has resulted in serious consequences for American gun owners, as Holder would later oversee a scandalous Fast & Furious program which purposely put thousands of illegal guns into the hands of Mexican terrorists -- all with the stated hope of inflaming calls for more gun control laws.
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And Tester voted to confirm Cass Sunstein as “regulatory Czar” under Obama. Sunstein is so far out there that he believes hunting is outdated and should be outlawed and that animals should have legal representation against humans in court. You can bet that goes over big in very pro-hunting and cattle ranching Montana. Better hide those cows, folks, or you may be explaining why you sent the last bunch to the slaughterhouse . . . in court!
If Montanans get a chance to see these votes by Sen. Tester, this race should end up OK for America. Let’s just hope the word gets out.
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